The use of commercial and mass media imagery in art became recognized as an international phenomenon in the early 1960s. Items such as comic strips, advertising, movie stills, television programs, soup cans, “superstars,” and a variety of other accessible and commonplace objects inspired the subject matter, form, and technique. This course will critically examine the history and legacy of Pop Art by focusing on its social and aesthetic contexts. An important component of the course involves developing skills in analyzing visual images, comparing them with other forms, and relating them to their historical context.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
one final research paper (15 pages) written in stages over the semester including revisions; bibliographic research, writing exercises, and oral presentations
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
There will be considerable focus on writing and peer-editing as a means of shaping critical thinking. We will treat writing as a process; revision is built into the syllabus. Students will receive from the instructor timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.
AMST Arts in Context Electives
ARTH post-1800 Courses